CATCH OF THE DAY – Mason Allery, age 6, holds the first fish caught during the 2021 Kids Fishing Day Saturday on Swan Lake. Mason was given a prize and afterward successfully released his catch. The Sitka Rotary Club, U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game hosted the event, which had to be canceled in 2020. To avoid gathering large groups of people together, this year prizes were handed out throughout the three-hour event. More than a hundred young fishers and their crew members turned out. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 



Linda Houghton Dies; Former Sitkan was 77

Linda Houghton

Linda Marie Delaney Houghton, a Sitka High School graduate of 1960, died July 23, 2019, in Floressant, Missouri. She was 77.
    She was born April 28, 1942, in Billings, Montana, the daughter of Roy and Edith (Fritzlan) Delaney. Her father was with the Civil Aeronautics Administration (predecessor of the FAA) and transferred to the Mt. Edgecumbe CAA base so Linda and her younger siblings could go to the accredited high school in Sitka. She flourished, making many lifelong friends here. She was valedictorian of the 1960 class, and also won the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow prize for the state of Alaska, traveling to the White House to meet First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and then Vice President Richard Nixon.
    “She spent the remainder of her life in the lower 48, but at heart she was always an Alaskan,” a son wrote. “She loved coming back for the five-year class reunions, which she did for every one between 1985 and 2010.”
After high school Linda became the first member of her family to go to college, earning a bachelor of arts degree in French from UCLA, in 1966, and a master’s in French from California State University-Long Beach, in 1973. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi.
    She married Howard William “Bill” Houghton on March 18,  1962, and was a stay-at-home mom and an occasional substitute French teacher.
    She was a voracious reader, and a frequent visitor to museums of all kinds. She also enjoyed stamp collecting, gardening, foreign languages and travel.
She was multilingual, fluent in French and German and familiar with Japanese. She and others in her family were involved in short track speedskating, and in 1979 Linda provided translation for the Japanese skaters in a short track event in the United States.
    Linda’s husband of 57 years died on March 3 this year.
She is survived by sons Douglas and Bruce of Florissant; daughter Heidi of St. Louis, Missouri; sisters Vernice of St. Helens, Oregon, (Sitka High class of 1962) and Mavis of Las Vegas, Nevada; and brother Keith Delaney of Corvallis, Oregon, (Sitka High class of 1964).
Burial will be in the Parnell/Houghton family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-16-21)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 26

Total statewide – 67,936

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,595

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 387 (339 resident; 48 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Tuesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,304 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,904 (66%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





June 2001

Photo caption: Luke Nisbet holds up a “2005” sign at a rites of passage ceremony at Blatchley Middle School for the school’s 120 eighth-graders. It was the first ceremony to mark the “graduation” of eighth-graders from middle school.

June 1971

Two of the most controversial subjects to come before the city council in months are on tonight’s agenda. One would extend bar operating hours inside the city limits from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.; and the other would permit operation of coin amusement machines by persons under 18.